Le Temps

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Le Temps
Logo Le Temps.jpg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) 92,4 % Ringier (since 2014)
Editor-in-chief Pierre Veya (since May 2010)
Founded 1998
Political alignment Centre; social-liberalism
Language French
Headquarters Place de Cornavin 3
1211 Geneva 2
ISSN 1423-3967
OCLC number 38739976
Website www.letemps.ch

Le Temps (literally "The Times") is a Swiss French-language daily newspaper published in the Berliner format in Geneva by Le Temps SA.

It is the only nationwide French-language non-specialized daily newspaper of Switzerland.

According to the Research Department on Public Opinion and Society (FÖG) of the University of Zurich, it is of "high quality".[1][2]

History and profile[edit]

Founded in 1998, it is the result of the merger of the newspapers Journal de Genève-Gazette de Lausanne with Le Nouveau Quotidien. As of 2010, it had 130 correspondents, including in Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Sion and Zurich.

Published Monday through Saturday, the newspaper has several supplements (Thursday: "Sortir" cultural diary; Friday: "Carrières" job and management; Saturday: "Samedi culturel"; and special features for the week-end), thematic special editions, a website and digital applications.

Its publisher, Le Temps SA, was held by ER Publishing at eighty-two percent, which, in turn, is fifty-percent owned by Edipresse Group and fifty-percent owned by Ringier Group. The remaining eighteen-percent ownership is held by Claude Demole (seven percent), employees (six percent) and Le Monde newspaper (five percent).

Since 2014, Le Temps SA is owned at 92.5 % by Ringier, at 3 % by Claude Demole, at 2.4 % by the Société des rédacteurs et du personnel du Temps SA and at 2.1 % by Le Monde. Ringier announced that the reaction will move to Lausanne (to join the one of L'hebdo) although the Board of directors (chaired by Stéphane Garelli) will stay in Geneva.

Le Temps[clarification needed] has an advertising agency, Le Temps Media (Publicitas).

The circulation of Le Temps was 45,970 copies in 2006.[3] In 2013 the paper had a paid circulation of 36,391 copies.[4]


The newspaper's editor-in-chief, since May 2010, has been Pierre Veya. Previous editors were Eric Hoesli from 1998 to 2002 and Jean-Jacques Roth from 2002 to 2010.

  • Eric Hoesli
  • Jean-Jacques Roth
  • Pierre Veya
  • Stéphane Benoit-Godet (beginning by 2015)[4]


The newspaper collaborates editorially with newsrooms around the world, including Le Courrier International, Le Monde, Le Soir and La Tribune.

It shares advertising pools with Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Le Monde.


The newspaper's publisher recently[timeframe?] began to digitize its archives of the newspaper's predecessors, Journal de Genève-Gazette de Lausanne and Le Nouveau Quotidien. With assistance of the Swiss national and regional libraries, the publisher offers 200 years of independent Swiss press, available on the Internet at www.letempsarchives.ch.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Quality of the Media, main findings, Research Department on Public Opinion and Society (FÖG) of the University of Zurich, 2012.
  2. ^ Yves Petignat, "Le nivellement par le bas de la presse suisse", www.letemps.ch, Wednesday 25 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Swiss newspaper market in flux". Swiss Review 5: 9. October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Switzerland: New editor-in-chief at Le Temps". Publicitas. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 

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